G.A.S. and Fenders

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by shirojiro, Sep 17, 2001.

  1. shirojiro


    Jan 24, 2001
    San Francisco
    So I thought I had my latest G.A.S. attack under control with the addition of a new amp, and a new (cheap) 4 string.

    Unfortunately, I'm finding myself wanting a P-J bass, for some unknown reason.

    It starts with me looking at bassnw, basspalace, bassalone, etc. Then, I'm checking out the classifieds at bassgear.com, harmonycentral, and craigslist.

    Then, before I know it, I'm at various Guitar Centers, trying not to feel unclean for shopping at the Walmart of music stores.

    I have a Heartfield DR 5 that lets me get good Jazz sounds. I have an old, beat up Peavey Foundation bass that I've converted to fretless. It plays great and sounds ok. I'd like to upgrade the pickups someday. I have an el cheapo Jay Turser Stingray copy that I got to satisfy my urge to get a fretted 4 string.

    Now I want a P-J bass. :(

    I played a new Fender Hot Rod in Natural (with a gold pick guard, even though it was made in the USA). It was super nice, and the tone was great. This is probably the bass that I want. I just don't want to pay $1100 for it.

    I played a MIM Pbass Special right after the Hot Rod. It had a Jazz neck and was candy apple red. This is also a really nice instrument. It didn't have quite the bottom end of the Hot rod, and the jazz pickup didn't have quite the same bite, but it sounded good.

    I tried an older P-J bass from the eighties (I think) with Lace Sensors, pickup selector switch, and midboost button. It sounded pretty thin, and even with the mid boost, I couldn't get the kind of dirt or growl I'm looking for.

    I played a new MIM Deluxe Jazz bass (active) with the 4 pole pickups. Man! What a nice bass. I'm definitely more in the Jazz bass camp, so I'm biased, but this basss was seriously nice. The price was under $500 - a bargain IMHO. I couldn't really justify it, though because my Heartfield does a good job with Jazz tones.

    I played a MIJ '75 reissue Jazz just for kicks. It's a beuatiful instrument, but again, hard to justify.

    Actually, any purchase is hard for me to justify, but I really would like a bass that gets both P and J tones. I know, it's the same quandry everyone gets into...

    Funny thing is, sometimes I can convince mysel f that the neck pickup on the Deluxe Jazz sounds like a P-bass, esp if you tweak the EQ...

    Maybe the MIM P-bass Special with a preamp???

    I'm trying not to buy, but I'm slipping..


  2. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    Weeellll....if you want a Fender, but don' wanna spend mucho dinero...then, maybe try a Warmoth? Http://www.warmoth.com

    You gotta put them together, but people say they are some spec-freaking-tacular basses. Plus, you can get it *just* right....
  3. Man, I can't even play my peavy foundation any more. The neck is thick! Thicker then many Precisions, I think.
  4. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    That's strange. The neck on my old Foundation is thinner than most Jazzes, almost as thin as my Geddy Lee Jazz, which has the thinnest neck that I have ever played.
  5. shirojiro


    Jan 24, 2001
    San Francisco
    That*is*strange. My Foundation has a tiny neck. Sometimes I think it's too small.

  6. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    I'm lucky - G.A.S. and Fender are mutually exclusive in my case... :D
  7. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    E Tu Brute?
  8. My Foundation neck is gigantic. The jazzes I've played are pencils compared to the neck on this one. I've checked the paperwork, and I'm sure its a Peavy Foundation.

    Its been frankensteined by the previous owner, so its possible that he put a different neck on there, but I seriously doubt it.
  9. lo-end


    Jun 15, 2001
    I second that. I have never had a GAS attack for a Fender (since before I played bass and was looking for my first instrument.)

    I always find a bass that plays and sounds better than a Fender, so no GAS to be had.